Diamond Empowerment Fund to Support Diamond Development Initiative's Mobile School Program in the DRC

Diamond Empowerment Fund to Support Diamond Development Initiative's Mobile School Program in the DRC

New York, NY – The Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F.) announced today its support of a mobile school for youth in the Kankala mining community of the Kasaï Occidentale province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Set to open in June 2015, the Diamond Empowerment Mobile School will give twenty-five children a chance at a brighter future. It will be one of eight planned schools developed by the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI). Mobile schools consist of traveling teachers and portable materials that are brought to a mining community for a condensed school year. These communities are in remote locations where children, particularly girls, would not otherwise have full access to education.

“To provide education to an additional twenty-five children in mining communities is phenomenal,” said Dorothée Gizenga, Executive Director of DDI. “It means twenty-five fewer children in mining and twenty-five more children with a daily meal and the chance to succeed.”

“Sending schools to kids is a proactive and practical approach to a longstanding problem,” adds Ian Smillie, Chair of the DDI Board. “We look forward to partnering with those, like the Diamond Empowerment Fund, who share our vision on a more permanent solution.”

Says D.E.F President Phyllis Bergman, “The Mobile Education School’s Project is synergistic with D.E.F’s mission to support sustainable approaches to development and education in diamond communities around the world. This is another example of how diamonds truly do good”.

The Diamond Empowerment Fund joins Brilliant Earth as the first two sponsors of mobile schools in the DRC.

The Diamond Empowerment Fund was co-founded by Russell Simmons, De Beers, and other leaders in the diamond industry in 2007 to empower youth from diamond-producing countries and communities where the diamond and jewelry industry does business around the world with access to higher education. To-date D.E.F has impacted over 2,000 students, furthering the message that Diamonds Do Good. Visit diamondsdogood.com for more inspirational stories, and follow Diamonds Do Good on Facebook, and @DiamondsDoGood on Twitter and Instagram. www.diamondempowerment.org

The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) promotes sustainable development through education, policy, dialogue and projects working directly with artisanal miners and their communities. Mobile Schooling is Sending Schools to Kids™. www.ddiglobal.org


Nancy Orem Lyman
V.P., Executive Director, The Diamond Empowerment Fund
Phone: 212.359.4219
Mobile: 914.319.9141

Marika Escaravage
Communications Manager, The Diamond Development Initiative
Phone: 613.565.0507 ×105
Mobile: 613.867.5325